Sunday, 6 September 2020

Heavy Metal - Part 1

 Ok, it's just the start of one corner, but the rebuild has started properly now with some real metal going back in place of the fresh air and rust that was in this position just a couple of days ago. 

Just a quick spray of primer to keep any moisture away over the weekend and it will be back to it on Monday. There is a long way to go and a lot more to do before she will be back in one piece, but it's a positive step forwards

Friday, 21 August 2020

Cutting Corners

I knew that the corners were bad, but the full extent of the rust can only be seen when the inner panels have been cut off... 
It's actually a bit better than it looks because some of that is just surface rust and can be treated, but we will be replacing those bits with air instead of metal. 

More panels are on route from P A Blanchard as I post this and we plan to get back to this next week 

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Horror on the screen

OK, it's the bulkhead corners that are the horror (more later), but getting the screen out was no small adventure as it took much of the day to extract recalcitrant rusted screws and bolts out and to work trough finding all the small hidden ones that were still stopping things and then cutting through the seal on the 30 year old windscreen to bulkhead seal so that every thing would come out. 

This was the final result 

And then to truly explore the horror that needs to be sorted out here are some close ups of the bulkhead corners 

So tomorrow I will be returning to the scene of the horror and getting as much of the dash out as I can so that Steve the welder can do his magic

Monday, 10 August 2020

Wings waiting

After a strip down, some reshaping, prime and repainting the wings are waiting for the welding and then to go back on again

Friday, 31 July 2020

Katy naked

If that title doesn't get lots of hits on the interweb nothing will!

For those of you who came here not looking for Land Rover stuff.. sorry :)

I've watched loads of videos and read lots of things which said that it would take 1-2 hours to remove a wing. Well the driver side took me almost all of the working day due to my ineptitude and some information that did not get mentioned on any of the videos I watched. 

1. To get the top bolt out under the wing is a pain as most people say, but actually ignoring the advice of long bars on a socket ratchet and using a flexible ratchet spanner made it a lot easier

2. Having a long handled 13mm / 1/2 inch ring spanner was very useful for a couple of nuts

3. And this is the big one. The inner and outer wings have a gasket that glued them together so even when all the bolts were out they wouldn't separate until I prised them apart with a nailbar

Anyway success...

With the wings off I can see that the rot is not as bad as feared, but it needs doing

Another interesting features is the two tone airborne.. fabulous noise as you can hear on the video celebrating the NHS but here they are to see as well

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Brushed Aluminium

As I am sure UK readers are aware it's Alumin-i-um... and people like it brushed on vehicles..

Katy's wings were covered with some old aluminium checker plate which was corroded and going to look really tatty compared to loads of nice new paint.

so I brushed it ..

Here's a before and after to see what about 30 minutes with a wire brush and steel wool will give you

And just to prove I wasn't going half hearted at this here is the finished job


Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Rivet Counter

Anyone who is in to Land Rovers will know the phrase"Rivet Counter". These are knowledgeable and generally helpful people who know everything that needs to be known and is happy to help check that the right thing has been used and of course the right number of rivets have been used (especially on a Series one).

I'm not one, I'm not enough of an expert especially on series Land Rovers. 

However today I have been counting them carefully and have got to the number 45 ... and what is even better is the rear step does not wobble and closes easier